Recaps of Friday’s games involving NHL Canadian teams, plus the latest on Ryan Whitney, Rene Bourque, Marc Methot and more.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Dallas Stars scored three unanswered goals to overcome a 3-1 deficit and nip the Vancouver Canucks 4-3. The loss spoiled Henrik Sedin’s achievement of becoming the Canucks all-time scoring leader when he assisted on the club’s third goal by Alex Burrows. Ryan Kesler also made his season debut with the Canucks. It was a notable win for the Stars, who lost starting goalie Kari Lehtonen to an undisclosed injury.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/WINNIPEG SUN: Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury narrowly missed setting the franchise record for career shutouts as the Penguins downed the Winnipeg Jets 3-1. Andrew Ladd scored at 18.25 of the third to spoil Fleury’s shutout bid.
STLTODAY.COM/CALGARY HERALD: St. Louis Blues rookie goalie Jake Allen made 30 saves, including a highlight reel stick save, backstopping the Blues to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames. Alex Steen (1G, 2A) and David Perron (2 goals) led the charge for the Blues, chasing Leland Irving from the Flames net after he gave up two goals on four shots.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney hopes to regain his offensive confidence.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Rene Bourque is quickly making Habs fans forget last season’s poor performance.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman and local boy Marc Methot is living his dream of playing for his hometown in the NHL.
TORONTO SUN: The “Battle of Ontario” resumes tonight as the Maple Leafs meet the Ottawa Senators.